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What do you do with an old courthouse?


News-Ledger Staff

What would you do with this landmark courthouse building erected in 1917? Would you convert it to office space? A museum? A school? Some sort of public market?

Now that Yolo County is constructing a replacement court, the old structure in Woodland will lose its original purpose. So county officials are looking to “consider alternative and innovative approaches to the reuse of the facility,” reports spokesperson Beth Gabor.

Yolo County Courthouse, finished in 1917 and seen here in 2011 (public domain photo/Wikipedia Commons)

Yolo County Courthouse, finished in 1917 and seen here in 2011 (public domain photo/Wikipedia Commons)

So, just what will you have to work with?

You get a building on the National Registry of Historic Places that was designed with Greek and Roman influences, encompasses 50,000 square feet and sits on 2.75 acres along Court Street, a block away from Woodland’s main drag.

“Yolo County’s objective is to consider this property in its suburban context as a fully utilized and valued asset that invites innovative design,” said Gabor. “Potential use could involve a lease of the property from the county. Any future use would need to take into account historic preservation restrictions and environmental conditions.”

Gabor quotes Mindi Nunez, deputy county administrator:

“We intend to use the ideas received from citizens, developers and others for planning purposes to make strategic decisions regarding future use of this property.”

Interested parties can arrange a tour by calling (530) 666-8426.

Ideas may be submitted by email (mindi.nunes@yolocounty.org) or mail (Office of the Yolo County Administrator, Attn: Mindi Nunes, 625 Court St., Suite 202, Woodland CA 95695).

For more information on submitting ideas, visit www.yolocounty.org.

Ideas are due by November 25.

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Second hit-and-run suspect turns herself in


“Person of interest” Pamela McKee turned herself in to police late last night, reports the West Sacramento Police Department.

PAMELA McKEE: turned herself into police late last night after a police search

PAMELA McKEE: turned herself into police late last night after a police search

McKee was believed to be in the RV that struck and killed 55-year old Michael Ray Anderson at a Sacramento Avenue shopping center on Tuesday evening.

She was booked into Yolo County Jail on one count of murder.

The other suspect in the case, Joshua Neil Anthon (a 31-year old from Rio Linda) turned himself in to police earlier yesterday evening, and also faces one count of murder.

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Do you know these men? Hawaii woman seeks photos of six West Sac Vietnam casualties


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A Hawaii woman is on a mission to help us remember “the boys.”

Her mission is to help those trying “to put a face with every name” etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.. They’re trying to collect a photo of every American who lost his life in the Vietnam War.

Her effort has put Janna Hoehn in touch first with media in Maui County, then with her hometown in California, and now with other California newspapers.  Hoehn has a list of soldiers for whom she’d like to find photographs, and six of those fallen vets were from West Sacramento.

Janna Hoehn, with some of the photos she’s collected so far (Photo by Matthew Thayer)

Janna Hoehn, with some of the photos she’s collected so far (Photo by Matthew Thayer)

How did Hoehn get started?

“Five years ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Washington, D.C.,” she explained in an email. “Because Vietnam was the war that was going on while I was in high school, the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Even though I never knew anyone in Vietnam, I wanted an etching.”

Using a piece of paper held over the engraved stone wall of the memorial, Hoehn traced the name of a fallen soldier at random. It was Gregory John Crossman, MIA (missing in action). She tried to locate his family to send them the etching, but couldn’t find them. Later, though, she found a photo of Crossman and then heard about a “call for photos” by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. After she sent it into the memorial fund, she was asked to track down photos of the other 42 Maui County soldiers who died in Vietnam.

“I started by combing the phone books, calling every ‘like’ name of each soldier,” said Hoehn. “I found about ten of them this way, then (went) off to the archived yearbooks for every high school in Maui. I found a few more.”

She also looked through newspaper obituaries at the library, and got publicity in the Maui News and its website. Photos started coming in, and she got all 42.

Hoehn then moved on to finding photos for the six soldiers from her hometown area (San Jacinto and Hemet, California) who were killed in Vietnam. Now she’s expanded her search to the whole state, making it her mission to find a photo of every California native who died in that war.

“All of these photos will be submitted to the ‘Wall of Faces’ online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, as well as the future Education Center adjacent to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.,” said Hoehn. “Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the wall. It keeps these soldiers alive and will honor them. Our heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

On her list right now are four fallen soldiers listed from West Sacramento:

Richard Arias (who lived from 1944 to his Vietnam War death in 1969); Thomas E. Bumgarner (1933-1969); Dickie D. Koell, Jr. (1950-1969); and Franklin R. White (1938-1963).

She’s also seeking photos from two men listed as living in Broderick (now part of West Sacramento): Charles A. Coats (1950-1968) and John W. Tiderencel (1947-1969).

“If anyone (reading this) is related – a friend or a classmate to any of these Yolo County boys, I would very much appreciate hearing from you,” said Hoehn. “Even if you don’t have a photo, but know which school any of these young men attended, it would be so helpful. We need to obtain a photo of every single soldier whose name is etched on the wall – all 58,286 of them. To date, we have 32,000 photos.”

Hoehn is also looking for anyone who can help with local “legwork” on the project.

You may reach her at mauifloralelegance@gmail.com.

Anyone who finds a picture of one of these fallen West Sacramentans is also invited to send a copy of the photo, and any pertinent details, to the News-Ledger at steve@news-ledger.com.

For more information on the memorial wall, visit www.vvmf.org/thewall.


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Can you clean up a criminal record? New Yolo County program helps some who can

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —

From the County of Yolo

Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson announces the launch of the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic.  The result of a collaboration between the Public Defender’s Office and the University of California, Davis, School of Law, the clinic will help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records to remove barriers to economic stability and avoid recidivism.

TRACIE OLSON Yolo County Public Defender (courtesy  photo)

Yolo County Public Defender (courtesy photo)

“Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society,” said Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson in a press release.  “Long after probation has ended or a jail term served, the presence of a conviction acts to reduce access to affordable housing, public benefits and student loans, and to severely diminish employment, among other hurdles.  Compounded by the social stigma attached to a criminal record, these collateral consequences threaten to impose a lifetime of disadvantage on ex-offenders.”

California law allows rehabilitated offenders to petition the court to expunge their past convictions, reduce their felony convictions to misdemeanors, earn early termination of probation, or seal their juvenile or arrest records.  Because the law requires that the petition be filed in the county of conviction, the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic is only able to assist individuals who were convicted in Yolo County.  If granted, post-conviction orders mitigate the negative impact of felony and misdemeanor convictions, increasing an individual’s chance to build a productive and stable life.

Working out of the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, the clinic will also seek to connect ex-offenders with needed civil legal services such as employment or public benefits specialists.

To find out if you qualify for record mitigation services, call Hannah Labaree at (530) 666-8165.

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